Czech ski jumper fighting for life

Updated: January 20, 2007, 6:07 PM ET
Associated Press

ZAKOPANE, Poland -- Czech ski jumper Jan Mazoch was fighting for his life after crashing Saturday at a World Cup event won by Rok Urbans of Slovenia off the large hill.

In difficult wind, Mazoch appeared to bounce off the hill during his second jump. He was taken to a hospital unconscious.

"The injuries he sustained are very dangerous and threaten his life," Sylwester Kosinski, deputy head of the city hospital in Zakopane, told a TV station.

Later, doctors decided to transport Mazoch more than 60 miles to a special hospital in Krakow, a hospital statement said.

Mazoch was 15th after his first jump. The rest of the second series was canceled because of the wind after a few more jumps.

Urbans had a first jump of 136 meters and won with 143.3 points. He was followed by Norway's Roar Ljoekelsoej (133.5 meters, 138.8 points) and Finland's Matti Hautamaeki (131.5 meters, 134.7 points).

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